Just as a belt or scarf completes and outfit, molding can make a room seem more polished. Use it to call attention to an area, break up an expanse of space or create a boundry between paint and wallpaper. Install molding the traditional way, by nailing it into the wall or try one of the newer products on the market: some make installation as easy as peeling and sticking
Choose the right product
Molding is available in different materials. Select the one that best suits your needs.
Unfinished solid wood: Made from wood such as pine, this type of molding is available in stain grade, which is free of knots and imperfections, and paint grade, which is pierced together, making it unsuitable for staining.
Medium-density fiberboard: Composed of wood particles, fiberboard costs less than solid wood and is warp-resistant, but keep in mind that it weighs more. Not suitable for staining, it usually comes pre-primed.
Prefinished molding: This product, made from polysryene (a type of plastic), is the lowest-cost option. It’s sold ready to install, in finishes resembling wood that has been either stained or painted white.
Take a shortcut
Opt for one of these easy-to-install methods to get the job done fast
Peel and stick: you can trim the self-adhesive Easy Crown molding with scissors (from $50 for a 17’ x 17’ room; easycrownmolding.com).
Styrofoam: Attach this lightweight molding with caulk or glue (from $1/ft; foamcrownmolding.com, or from $2/ft; sosimplecrown.com)